The Space Between by Michelle L. Teichman
Young Adult, High School, Lesbian Romance
Release Date: March 2, 2016
When I first saw the cover for this book I was intrigued. Then I read the blurb and knew this is a book I had to read. It’s a young adult (high school) coming of age story about two girls who are trying to navigate through high school in very different ways while also trying to understand their feelings for one another. Like a lot of YA books, this one has some clichés; one popular girl that is loved by all, and one girl who is a bit of a loner, gets bullied a lot, and lives in the shadow of her twin brother. Thankfully, this is really as far as clichés go for this book. Overall, this is a very enjoyable, slightly emotional, and uplifting novel. The struggles that the characters Harper and Sarah were dealing with really came through the pages. What I mean is, they had realistic qualities to them that honestly took me back to my high school days as everyone struggles with something at this age. Unfortunately for these two, the struggles were amplified by holding in secrets. More about this book…
I enjoyed both Harper and Sarah’s characters. Harper is the popular girl that everyone loves. She has an older sister that has taken her under her wing and turned her into the type of girl that she is. However, Harper has some secrets of her own. For one, her family problems really put strain on her and you can tell that she doesn’t feel entirely normal because of it. Even more, her relationships with boys has always been limited. Sure she has kissed boys and had relationships but they have never given her the butterflies that one is supposed to feel when they are with someone they truly like or love. Sarah on the other hand lives a drastically different life than Harper. Her parents are strict and extremely religious. Perhaps being brought up in this type of environment made Sarah a little more withdrawn. This is my take from the story anyway. In addition to this, Sarah has a twin brother and she essentially lives in his shadow. Her brother though is not a bad guy and instead is always there for Sarah- he invites her out to parties and is essentially always there for her when she needs it. However, even though he is also extremely popular like Harper, Sarah does get any of his limelight like one may think because they are twins. Instead, she is bullied, tormented, and totally ignored by his friends.
The plot in this book is great. Knowing a bit of the backstory on the characters shows just how more complicated it is for Harper and Sarah when the two start to develop feelings for one another. As we go through the story their relationship develops at a steady pace. The two don’t just jump into this relationship quickly rather, they take their time because both are afraid of their feelings. But they can’t deny them. And the struggles they face when they finally come out bring quite a bit more problems into their lives.
Overall, this is a really great book and I read it in a day because it’s a pretty fast paced read. Along with this the plot is interesting enough to hold your attention long enough to finish it in a few hours. The writing style in this book flows and the author tells her story like a pro. I had no problem with how the story was written and was happy to see that the book is told in both Sarah and Harpers POV. The drama in this book is just right and I am happy to say that we get out HEA in the end. In the future, I would definitely read more books by the author.